Thursday: It’s All About Math and Perception

  • What is “normal” when it comes to the real estate market? (National Association of Realtors)
  • Mr. Burdett, a professor of architecture and urbanism at the London School of Economics and an adviser to the mayor of London asks at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition for the Venice Biennale, “Is it possible to make new civic centers, new housing, which make people’s lives hell…buildings that can provide the possibility of a more integrated society?” (The New York Times)
  • Leland D. Stone is a “problem-solver: handyman, butler, professional fixer. He finds the answers to household problems. (The New York Times)
  • Apparently, it’s time to build that summer garden. (The New York Times)
  • The editor in chief of newly minted Cookie magazine shares her Park Slope brownstone with family. (The New York Times)
  • Buy author Anne Rice’s fork and napkin. (The Walk-Through)
  • Barbara Corcoran calls the South Bronx “the last housing frontier”–on “Good Morning America” no less. (ABC)
  • The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the Frank Gehry-designed and Barry Diller-suupported new IAC headquarters. (via Curbed)
  • Graffiti as poetry. (Gothamist) And in related news, poet and artist De La Vega has opened up shop on St. Marks Pl and 1st Ave.
  • A new and “green” building, designed by Cesar and Rafael Pelli, will be erected in Battery Park City. (New York Post)
  • “A lack of confidence in the Downtown office market” has lead to the lowest number of square feet leased in the neighborhood since 1992. (The Real Deal)
  • Mathematically decide: rent or own? (Center for Economic and Policy Research)
  • The city and state settled a plan to upgrade sewage-treatment plants that have released an excess of nitrogen into the Long Island Sound and Jamaica Bay. (New York Post)
  • While the CEO of Disney, Michael Eisner, has decided he doesn’t have enough time to dedicate to the WTC Memorial Foundation board, Governor Pataki pledged $80 million for the site’s visitors center and exhibition space. (New York Daily News)
  • At a ceremony that transferred six city-owned buildings for a buck each to 10 cultural institutions that are members of the Fourth Arts Block, Mayor Bloomberg earned a new title: honorary lesbian. (Politicker)
  • Design and architectural shapes can be used to describe other things, like the shape of government. (Harper’s Magazine)
  • – Riva Froymovich

    Thursday: It’s All About Math and Perception